Shaun Kittle

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You came to the Adirondacks to bag a peak, but when the morning of the big hike arrives the clouds are so low you might as well be in Ohio. Don’t fret — there’s more to these mountains than rocky crowns and open ledges. The forests here are wet, and during all but the driest of summers there’s water everywhere, trickling across the higher elevations and building to impressive proportions as it crashes into our valleys. The most thrilling way to see this is by visiting one of our waterfalls, and there are a lot to choose from. Some require a full day hike, but the three below are all within a... continue reading
 
By guest blogger Caitlin Kelly; above image by Jake Sporn I wave at the lift attendant as I grab my skis from the gondola at the top of Little Whiteface. He smiles and nods back, sitting behind a row of rubber ducks. I don’t know if he actually recognizes me with my braids and purple skis and Carhartt vest, but I’d like to think so. It’s my fifth season at Whiteface and I've been skiing all morning—it’s probably my sixth ride up the gondola with the same group of friends, too. And it’s midweek; hardly anyone is up on the mountain, regardless of the bluebird sky and packed powder... continue reading
 
In Lake Placid, killer cross-country skiing is never far away. More experienced skiers head into the backcountry where tight turns and the ability to ski on varied, ungroomed terrain is a must. If that’s a little too intense, check out the five cross-country ski areas below. They offer a mix of trails and amenities, from on-site dining and lodging to the best in your-car-is-your-base-lodge skiing. Ungroomed trails Heaven Hill and Henry’s Woods These trail complexes are a great place to test your skills before heading into the backcountry. Heaven Hill is the... continue reading
 
A.J. Arnold’s father began breeding sled dogs by chance about 40 years ago.  He was living in Saranac Lake when some neighbors returned from a trip to Alaska with a bunch of puppies. They decided to go back to Alaska, but the young dogs were not to join them —instead, they were left on peoples’ doorsteps, including A.J.’s father’s. Fortunately, that was a good place for the puppy to land. She was taken in, named Tasha, and she eventually gave birth to seven puppies of her own. Some of the lively animals pulling sleds across Mirror Lake today are part of Tasha’... continue reading
 
Sore feet? Stumbling in the dark? Out of water? We’re here to help! The summer hiking season is in full swing in the Adirondacks, but don’t let our well-marked trails fool you. A hike into the mountains is really a trek into a beautiful, rugged backcountry. Weather conditions can change rapidly and outings can take longer than expected, but it’s pretty easy to plan ahead and be prepared. We guarantee you’ll be more comfortable and that will make your adventure more enjoyable, giving you time to focus on the important things, like how awesome the view is. What’s in your... continue reading
 
If you came to Lake Placid because you like water, you won't be disappointed. And since we like variety here, you're bound to discover a new way to make waves. So dive into this list and you'll find four ways to get wet when you're in Lake Placid. If you're not into doing it yourself, sign up for a scenic boat tour and enjoy the ride! 1. Motorboat on Lake Placid Imagine the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and mountains on the horizon. Boating on Lake Placid lake guarantees all of the blue sky and blue water you can handle, and it’s easily accessible... continue reading
 
Bigger doesn’t always mean better The High Peaks are an outstanding place to hike, but their summits aren’t as close as they appear. If you’re a first-time visitor, or if you’re new to hiking, we suggest challenging yourself with some of our more modest mountains before bagging one of the big ones. You’ll avoid some of the crowds that gather on our most popular peaks and still get the views you visited for — without all the leg ache and rock scrambling. Pitchoff east Cruise past all of the cars near the Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff west trailheads... continue reading
 
To listen and learn, to speak with courage, and to acknowledge that our nation’s history is still evident in today’s headlines — that’s what the spirit of John Brown means to me. I feel it whenever I visit the beautiful grounds around John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid, and it’s magnified every year as I approach that big white tent to hear people speak at John Brown Day, which is set for Saturday, May 5. For those inclined to study history, the property is a well-preserved time capsule, a quiet place with a loud voice that transcends the Adirondack Mountains,... continue reading
 
It doesn't take much convincing to see that Lake Placid is a special kind of beautiful. Who wouldn't want to take a little of that home with them? Luckily, the lakes and mountains have inspired generations of writers, artists, musicians, and photographers, who then put their skills to work producing glorious Adirondack-inspired art. Next time you're here, take time to visit these three Lake Placid galleries, and who knows? You might walk away with your very own slice of the Adirondacks. A Point of View Gallery Don’t pass this gallery by in your excitement to... continue reading
 
Did you know, besides dozens of miles of hiking trails, the High Peaks also have designated backcountry ski trails? You’ll find an all-encompassing range of difficulty levels here, so be sure to know your ability level before heading out. Many of the five trails listed below are serious endeavors that should only be attempted by those with the proper skills and gear. Be prepared and be safe! 1. Heaven Hill and Henry’s Woods These trail complexes aren’t exactly backcountry, but they are a great place to test your skills before embarking on some of the other... continue reading
 

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